Benedictine University was founded in 1887 by the monks of St. Procopius Abbey as a men’s college. It remained a single-sex institution until 1968. The tradition of learning traces its roots to a young monk who felt it was the duty of the monastery to educate the youth who would either join the monastery or influence the world. By instilling their principles that all aspects of life: spirituality, professional goals, community services and family life were all interrelated through education, it was believed that individuals would have the right qualities to truly impact the world in the best way possible.
The academic program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Situated on 108 acres in the Chicago suburb of Lisle, this private university is known for its appealing campus, academics, and strong foundation in its Catholic tradition.